SHOCKING video shows SUV hitting 3 including mom and girl, 2, after speeding past NYC traffic stop
QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: Three people, including a 2-year-old toddler and a 35-year-old man, were struck by an SUV that sped past police officers during a car stop in Queens on Wednesday, August 10, police said. The incident occurred when the officers pulled over the driver of a 2021 Dodge Durango at Wyckoff Avenue and George Street in Ridgewood at about 5.10 pm. Police said the driver of the black SUV was pulled over because of the vehicle’s loud exhaust and driving with a suspended license.
The surveillance footage from the street show two officers standing beside the vehicle and questioning the driver. During the questioning, one officer asks his colleague to edge their patrol car forward and block the driver. But before the officers could, the driver saw the signal and immediately sped off his car before police could react. He immediately hit a 28-year-old woman, who was pushing her two-year-old daughter in a stroller and struck a 35-year-old man before driving off. Before getting knocked by the car, the man did a heroic act and pushed the two-year-old out of the driver’s way while putting his life in danger.
"He actually pushed the child out of the way - he's a hero, the guy who got hit," said witness Carlos Lopez, who took video of the incident. "He was very concerned about the child," he added. Forgetting the culprit, the officers immediately ran to the victims and took them to the Wyckoff Hospital. Luckily, all three of them are now listed in stable condition. However, the man is suffering from leg injuries while the mom injured her knee, and the child hurt her wrist.
About 40 minutes, the officers in Brooklyn discovered the abandoned car on Woodbine Street near Wilson Avenue in Bushwick. Meanwhile, police are still searching for the driver of the black SUV. This is the not first when an incident of a driver knocking off people while trying to flee from police got reported. Earlier this month, a man and woman were killed when a man fleeing from Los Angeles police crashed into an apartment street encampment on August 2.
Alberto Leal, 44, and Lashonda Davis, 43 were identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Their records listed them as homeless, Sarah Ardalani, a department spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times. They both died at the scene, according to the county coroner.